MEMORANDUM October 17, 2007 TO: FROM: SUBJECT: Campus Community Gary Abramson, Chairman, Board of Trustees Board of Trustees Orientation and Early Fall 2007 Meeting Summary The Board of Trustees met on campus Thursday and Friday, September 27–28, as the first meeting of the 2007–2008 academic year. Orientation for new and returning trustees took place on Thursday and included an orientation to board culture, history, and operations; a lunch meeting with the deans; a tour of campus; and an informal student panel. New trustees are: Gina F. Adams, corporate vice president, government affairs, FedEx Corporation; Marc N. Duber, executive vice president and chief operating officer, The Bernstein Companies; C.A.D. “Dan” Gasby, chairman, B.Smith Enterprises; Alan L. Meltzer, chief executive officer, The Meltzer Group; student trustee Marc Tomik; and faculty trustee Gary Weaver, professor of international communications, School of International Service. On Friday, the board elected Marc Tomik as the student trustee and approved a five-year contract for president Neil Kerwin. Dr. Kerwin announced the start of nationwide searches for provost, vice president of development, and a senior administrator for marketing and communications. Dr. Kerwin said he would assemble a university-wide search committee for the provost and consult with executive recruitment firms on that search as well as the other two. In addition, along with his announcement of a search for a new head of university marketing and communications, Dr. Kerwin discussed a restructuring of those functions. President Kerwin also announced he would begin a university-wide strategic planning effort. He reviewed with the board his initial thoughts on subjects to be covered by the plan and on developing an inclusive, participatory process. Among its decisions, the board accepted and approved the external audit of the university’s financial statement for the year ending April 30, 2007, and approved the financial statement itself. The board authorized the administration to proceed with construction of the new SIS building. In addition, the board approved some clarifying amendments to the bylaws as well as the establishment of a committee on external relations. According to the new committee’s charter, the committee “…is responsible for oversight from the board’s perspective of university initiatives, programs, and resources intended (1) to enhance public understanding and appreciation of the university, (2) to improve the university’s reputation for the quality and distinctiveness of its academic, athletic, service, and cultural programs, (3) to communicate the university’s perspective and position on issues concerning it and higher education, and (4) to advocate for the university before governmental and other public bodies.” Finally, the board approved the appointment of officers and members of board committees for 2007–2009 and requested the administration provide additional information at a future board meeting on the responsibilities of the trustees as license holders for WAMU 88.5. The next board meeting will be Thursday and Friday, November 15–16, 2007.